2011 Baltimore Ravens: What to Expect from Every Ravens Rookie This Season
The Ravens have not won the AFC North Division since 2006, and they are looking to change that.
They made eight selections in this years draft, and they are hoping that some of these selections will bring them to the next level.
Here is a look at how each of the Raven's draft picks will affect the team this season.
Jimmy Smith, CB
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Selected: Round 1, Pick 27 (27 Overall)
Many have questioned Smith's character, but that obviously wasn't a concern for the Ravens because they used their first-round pick on him.
On the field, he arguably has the best cover skills of any corner in his draft class and has excellent size.
He gives receivers a very hard time when running their routes and created some major problems for quarterbacks at the college level.
Cornerback was a major need for the Ravens, and they did a good job addressing it early. Expect to see Smith make an immediate impact.
What he can do on the field is not a concern, so hopefully the Ravens organization can keep him out of trouble and focused on football.
Torrey Smith, WR
Selected: Round 2, Pick 26 (58 Overall)
The 6'1 receiver out of Maryland has good size and very good speed as well.
He is a big-play threat, which Joe Flacco must be very happy about.
The Ravens were in need of a receiver who can stretch the field, and they may have found their man with Smith.
He will be an excellent complement to Anquan Boldin and should be a tremendous addition to the Baltimore offense.
It may take him a bit to work his way into the rotation, but until then expect to see him get a shot in the return game.
Jah Reid, OT
Selected: Round 3, Pick 21 (85 Overall)
The Ravens have hopes of developing Reid into their starting right tackle.
He has the size and ability to protect the right side.
He is an extremely hard worker who is willing to learn, which is what got him drafted in round three.
Jared Gaither, the current right tackle, missed the entire 2010 season with a back injury and is a free agent.
Expect to see Reid get some time at right tackle this season.
Tandon Doss, WR
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Selected: Round 4, Pick 26 (123 Overall)
Doss is another playmaker that could have an impact on the Baltimore offense.
He has great hands and is an excellent route runner and is very good after the catch.
He has the potential to be an above average slot receiver because of his toughness and hands.
Doss should fit in well with the Ravens offense, and fans should expect to see him catch some balls in the slot this season.
Chykie Brown, CB
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Selected: Round 5, Pick 33 (164 Overall)
The Ravens are getting good value for where they drafted Brown, because he has the potential to be a respectable NFL corner.
He has good size and speed, but scouts have said that he needs to do some major improving on his tackling.
Don't expect to see Brown get much playing time this season, but he could find himself getting in the rotation down the road if he improves some aspects of his game.
Pernell McPhee, DE
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Selected: Round 5, Pick 43 (165 Overall)
For a while, scouts were predicting that McPhee was going to be a third-round pick.
His lack of production in 2010 was the main reason why he dropped so low in this years draft.
He has great strength and excels in stopping the run, but his pass-rushing could use some work.
McPhee has the talent of a player that should have been drafted before round five, so the Ravens may have gotten a steal here.
If he can return to his old form, look for him to remain a Raven for a while.
Tyrod Taylor, QB
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Selected: Round 6, Pick 15 (180 Overall)
Taylor is easily one of the most athletic players that was drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The question is, can he be a successful NFL quarterback?
Most scouts would say no.
If the Ravens want to develop Taylor into a quarterback, they have their work cut out for them.
With Joe Flacco on the roster, it seems unlikely that they drafted Taylor with intentions of playing him at quarterback.
Expect to see him get some action in wildcat situations, with the possibility of him becoming a legitimate quarterback eventually.
Anthony Allen, RB
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Selected: Round 7, Pick 22 (225 Overall)
Not much is expected out of seventh round picks, but Allen is looking to make a name for himself.
The Ravens are obviously comfortable at running back with Ray Rice, but it never hurts to have some depth.
Allen is a power runner who could handle the load if he is needed.
Don't expect to see Allen much this season unless injuries occur, but he could develop into a solid goal line back.